News about the RKIDs
May 15, 2020
Surviving the Pandemic
Our members continue staving off boredom and the coronavirus by ...
Reading ... Goat Farming... Remodeling ... Barbering ... Solving Puzzles ... and more
Voracious reader and learner Nancy recently enjoyed a murder mystery by Elizabeth George (who happens to be Christine’s favorite author) and a page-turner by Maeve Binchy. In light of the times, she started reading the highly relevant book by Albert Camus, The Plague. She is also privileged to be a student at Osher, which is now offering its classes via Zoom
Donna O's family is surviving the pandemic by once-a-week gatherings called "Game Night." A theme for the night is announced and everyone is encouraged to dress appropriately. Recently, "Fancy" was the theme and her son came up with a top hat. Although they are all staying home throughout the quarantine time, on "Game Night" they come together at Donna's son's home in Fairfax or at her house in Frederick. They have also used Zoom. They are trying hard to stay united during these difficult days.
Ann Marie R.
With the closing of MCPS, Ann Marie has been able to spend lots of time at the family farm near the Mason-Dixon line. She tends flowers, watches wildlife, and raises goats and is pleased to announce the birth of a whole new herd of kids this spring. The little darlings are doing fine.
SonjaSammie, an affectionate stray cat, is not an ordinary cat. He tried hard to convince Tom and Sonja to adopt him. Guess who won that discussion?
Here, Sammie is helping Sonja plan her vegetable garden. Of course it includes resting on her textbooks.
After several weeks of dealing with terrible pain in her leg, Sonja finally has a diagnosis: it's a herniated disk. She is now on medication and the pain has eased. She and Sammie have spent many hours on the recliner while Tom prepares meals and caters to his patient. "When you are not feeling good, it's nice to have a furry friend nearby," said Sonja, referring to Sammie (not Tom, although she's happy to have him nearby, too).
Robin and Emmett
Robin and Emmett continue their stay at his house in Greensboro, Maryland. He finished constructing a fire pit and had time to go biking with Robin along the Cross Island Trail which is on Kent Island, just over the Bay Bridge. Robin says, "We have seen bald eagles, osprey, cardinals, red bellied woodpeckers, red winged blackbirds, and — roosters! The town of Greensboro does not officially allow roosters, but one arrives twice a day in their back yard."
MauraAccording to Maura, men's haircuts are going cheap in Herndon. Scissors and clippers is what she uses. Her customer seems happy with the results and probably left a huge tip.
Marie GMarie G is running a "virtual school" for her grandchildren with lots of activities to keep them busy. Beau, the baby, is racing up and down the hallway having fun. Erin, aged 5, has gotten back on the saddle. Chef Ava made a cherry pie for her mother's birthday. All of them, including Pierce, are enjoying having tea every day with their grandmother. She serves a digestive, McVities Chocolate Biscuits from England to make it authentic. Sounds like a lot is going on at her house!
After weeks of being indoors, Connie attempted several outings on Mother's Day. She visited her mother first. They talked on the phone while Connie looked in through sliding glass doors. Then, Connie had a social distance-compliant visit with her sister, Jean, and the family. Finally, she met her sister, Claudia, for a hike on Sugarloaf Mountain. Connie beamed, "It was so nice to finally be out and about."
Jim C is not only great at sawing wood and making Bata Mor sticks (see the previous Blarney) he is also known far and wide as a great cook. His Irish Stew has always gone quickly at the ceili potlucks. But even cooks have bad days. Recently Jim decided to make his first cheescake from scratch. It looked fantastic, and he even dreamed about it that night. But disaster struck when Kathy cut into it the next day. Apparently, the cheesecake didn't have quite enough time to chill and set, so it ended up being pudding!
Announcing a major accomplishment at the Mayfield household! Gerry has finally been able to clean off the top of her dresser and is making strides with the contents of the drawers. She didn't think it could be done, but her perseverance paid off. Congratulations! She has also caught up with her reading, made progress with a jigsaw puzzle, took a walk around the neighborhood, played some computer games, and completed several crossword puzzles. She reported that last Saturday's Washington Post puzzle "was kind of challenging. A few of the answers were things I never heard of and certainly wouldn't have figured out!"
Yo, RKIDs! Now that you've read about how some of us are dealing with it, what have you been up to in this time of historic pandemic that you'd like to share? Drop a line and captioned photo to Marilyn O. and maybe we'll use it in a future edition of Blarney. In any case, we hope this edition inspires you to stay active and connected.